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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Perfect for Me

“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” (Hebrews 13:5). 
 
My Savior will never leave me or forsake me. He is constant and unchanging. He upholds me with His unfailing love, and never-ending strength. So why do I fear when I face another trial or another change? His love will never leave me. His understanding will provide the best for me. His strength will carry me through the deepest waters safely to sure harbor. He is perfect for me.

If He is perfect love, then I can forever be sure of that love to take care of me. If He is perfect strength, then, in whatever trial I face, I can be confident that His strength will protect me. If He is perfectly patient, then He never tires as I struggle to learn His lesson. If He is perfect understanding, then I know I will always be understood.

Not only is He perfect for me. He wants to “perfect” me for His purpose. Peter shared this “perfecting” in my life in this way. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8). This is a great promise! If I allow Him to mold me, crush me, raise me, turn me inside out, teach me, guide me, chastise me, encourage me... if I allow Him to add these qualities in my life, then I will become more like Him. I will not be ineffective or unproductive in my knowledge Him. I will find myself on the greatest journey of being perfected in Him.

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